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Civic heraldry of Belgium - Belgische Gemeentewapens / Armorial de Belgique
In zilver een leeuw van keel, met voor hem een zwaard van hetzelfde en acht vijfpuntige sterren van lazuur, zoomsgewijze geplaatst.
The arms were offiially granted on May 8, 1981.
The arms are a combination of historical elements as well as elements from the arms of the former municipalities.
The silver shield with the sword is derived from the arms of the city of Aalst, as the municipality historically belonged to the territory of the city. The former arms of Bondegem, Mere and Ottergem also showed a sword.
The lion is derived from the arms of the medieval Lords of Erpe. A lion was also part of the arms of Aaigem and Burst.
The 8 stars refer to the former 8 municipalities and are derived from the arms of Aaigem and Vlekkem, as well as the old seal of Erondegem.